in our country," said Alice, still panting a
little, "you'd generally get to somewhere else
- if you
run very fast for a long time as we've been doing."
"A slow sort of country!" said the Queen.
"Now, here, you see, it takes all the running
you can do, to keep in the same place.
If you want to get somewhere else, you
must run at least twice as fast that!"
The Network Kit Performed
After installing the
network card into a PCI slot in each of the two test
machines, I powered up the hub and booted into
The cards on both machines were detected upon
Simply Plug 'N Play. As Windows 98 didn't have the
drivers for the new card, I had to install the drivers
given on the diskette. No problems there.
I proceeded to test
the speed of the network through the process of transferring
files and running multiplayer games. It took about
3 mins to transfer a 100MB file from one computer
to the next. My old 10Mbps network was practically
left in the dust with a good 7 mins left to transfer
the same file.
I tried out MechWarrior
3 and Need for Speed 4 on a LAN connected multiplayer
game. Game play was smooth on both computers and there
wasn't a slightest evidence of lag on both machines.
The Power User
Given below are a few things you might want to try
with your network. They are little known things but
might aid you in your networking ventures.
has its own "ICQ" for LANs. It's called
Winpopup. Personally, I feel that it's quite useful
for a school or Home Office LAN that doesn't use ICQ
or a connection to the Internet. A couple of things
to note though; NetBEUI has to be installed on all
computers using Winpopup and of course, Winpopup has
to be resident on the computers using the program.
The main reason behind
networking is the ability to share files between the
connected machines. Sharing
files in Windows can be such a pain at times (I’m
too used to FTP-ing). First, you need to right click
on selected folders on computer A to enable sharing.
After which you go over to computer B to copy the
file and finally run back to “unshare” the folders
on A. What a hassle it can be!
Another peeve is that
after you share folders on A and want to transfer
files to it from B, you realise that the folders on
A are set to Read-Only! Bummer.
fret. There’s a nifty little tool hidden in Windows95/98
called Netwatcher. It can be accessed from Control
panel -> Add/Remove Programs -> Windows Setup
-> Accessories (win95) System tools (Win98). Many
of us don't really know how to utilize it or just
give it a dismissing click of the mouse.
Before you can use it,
you must enable Remote Administration on the networked
computers. This can be found in Control Panel ->
Passwords -> Remote Administration. Make sure the
"Enable Remote Administration of this server"
checked for the
the computers in the network.
go to Network Neighbourhood, right click the desired
computer and select Properties.
Net Watcher is smack
right on the screen for you to click.
After running the program,
go to View -> by
Under the Administer
menu, you can add new folders to share. You can also
change the properties of current folders being shared.
There are also other options for you to tinker with.
This should ease your work a little.